With helicopters touching down and Duxford’s aerodrome abuzz with the sound of cranes and torn plastic coverings, exhibitors are gearing up for the start of Helitech 2011 on Tuesday. The show, which runs from September 27 to 29, is celebrating 25 years with a new feature—a dedicated conference program from organizers Reed Exhibitions. Among the conference highlights are Europe-centered topics including offshore wind farms and “blue light” police operations, in addition to more general subjects such as a Global Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) steering group.
Sloane Helicopters Robinson R66 landing in Duxford.
Organizers are expecting around 200 exhibitors at this year’s Helitech, as well as a static display featuring around 40 helicopters. A brief listing includes the AgustaWestland AW189 mock-up, Apple International’s Bell JetRanger, Cotsworld Guimbal Cabri G2, Enstrom 480B, Eurocopter EC135 and EC120, FB Heliservices AW139, Heli Air Design HAD-1 prototype, MD Helicopters MD500E and MD902, PremiAir Sikorsky S-76, PZL W-3 Sokol, Sikorsky S-76C++, Sloane Helicopters Robinson R66 and AW109 GrandNew, and TLC Handling Aerospatiale SA315B Lama.
Look for the Helitech Show Day during the event. For additional coverage throughout the show, visit www.aviationtoday.com/rw/helitech2011 and find out more about the conference program and schedules at www.helitechevents.com